Vol. 11, No. 3

March 2009

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Welcome to Quality eLine, a monthly newsletter from PQ Systems, Inc., developers of software products and training services that help organizations improve their processes and products and achieve compliance to standards. This newsletter gives you industry news, case studies, and information about product enhancements and tips to enhance your software use.

A quarter century of quality:
PQ Systems turns 25

Twenty five years old is ancient for a goldfish, but a Galapagos land turtle at 25 is just a kid, beginning a journey that could take it a hundred years or more. PQ Systems, turning 25 this year, is somewhere in between: we celebrate our anniversary with the exuberance of a 25-year-old, tempered by wisdom derived from years of experience developing software and helping customers improve. Read more.

Quality Quiz:
Another quiz from Professor Cleary—and last
month’s winners!

Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of the new Quality Quiz Classics DVD are Henry Case (Wayne-Dalton Plastics); Marie Hamilton (Kaiser Permanente); Dave Kurtz (Louisiana Pacific Canada Ltd.); Sharon Sysel (Alegent Bergan Mercy Medical Ctr.); Joan Williams (Packing Plus, LLC). Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of the newly-released collection of Quality Quiz Classics, go to Quality Quiz. Submit your response by March 27 to be entered in the drawing.

Data in everyday life:
Speaking of Galapagos turtles... top life spans of animals

While a worker ant lives only 6 months or less, some species go into their second century of life. Here are the ten longest life spans among animals. See chart.

Six Sigma and more:
Listening, kindness, and pragmatism

David Schwinn discusses the Golden Rule & how it relates to your Six Sigma efforts. Read more.

Bytes and Pieces:

  • Training: Not just to fix mistakes - Training should be a regular part of the performance improvement in a job, not a punishment for errors made. Read more.
  • Measurement science conference - The March 23-27 conference theme is Measurement Science: Foundations and Innovations. Read more.
  • Quality events calendar - This iSixSigma site lists relevant conferences in upcoming months. Read more.
  • Document control webinar - Learn how to solve the 7 inefficiencies of document control by attending a new webinar. Read more.

Current versions of software:

To determine the most recent version of PQ Systems' primary software products, check Help > PQ Systems on the web > Check for updates on your program (for SQCpack, GAGEpack, and CHARTrunner). To review current maintenance downloads and version numbers for all PQ Systems software, go to: http://www.pqsystems.com/support/SoftwareUpdates.php


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